Chun takes 2-shot lead after 2 rounds of Evian Championship

South Koreans Chun In-gee and Park Sung-hyun each carded bogey-free rounds of 63 to claim a share of the opening-day lead at the Evian Championship.

In Gee Chun of Korea, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open victor, shot an eight-under par 63 and is tied for the lead with countryman Sung Hyun Park after the first round of the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. "But, from the tenth, I wasn't hitting fairways".

Rookie Chun, who earned LPGA Tour membership by winning the U.S. Women's Open in 2015, hit every fairway and green on the way to her lowest round since May's Kingsmill Championship.

"I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good rolling the ball on those lines".

One notable absentee at Evian this year is Park, who is getting rehabilitation on her troublesome thumb.

Ko, the World's Number One ranked player, could manage only two birdies in her opening 18 holes as she signed for a 1-under 70 to trail by seven shots with 54 holes to play.

Ko and Ariya have a good chance at Evian of taking the Annika Major Award, which rewards the major victor with the best combined record at all five majors of the season, and is named after 10-time major victor Annika Sorenstam.

Ko and the 20-year-old Jutanugarn will clinch the trophy with a win.

Chun took a two-shot advantage Friday at the halfway stage of the Evian Championship, the fifth and final major tournament of the women's season.

Jutanugarn is a power player and, as at the British Open, she will not be using her driver this week.

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Park (68) and China's Feng Shanshan, the Olympic bronze medallist, shared second place on 11 under with another Korean, Soyeon Ryu, on 10 under after two 66s.

Park's performance caught the eye, not least because her mother was caddying for her.

"That was fun. It was good to have my mum back on the bag".

"She's definitely got a different game to me. she's a long hitter". She keeps it light. Her best run came early on the front nine, which she played second, carding four birdies in the space of seven holes.

Hyo Joo Kim and Suzann Pettersen, the champs in 2014 and 2013, are at even-par and one-over, respectively.

ELVERSON, Pa. - Stewart Hagestad rallied to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title Thursday, overcoming a late four-hole deficit and beating Scott Harvey with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.

She saved par with a good escape shot close to the green.

There has been no stopping her, and past year she became the youngest woman or man to be ranked No. 1.

But she has kicked on in that department this season, with three top-three finishes in majors this year, including a win at the ANA Inspiration.

  • Ismael Montgomery